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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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IRWIN S. HOFFMAN, born June 21, 1872, in Upper Hanover township, is the son of Milton G. and Mary (Schanley) Hoffman.

Milton Y. Hoffman (father) is now living in Upper Pottsgrove township, where he is engaged in farming. For many years he was a miller in New Hanover township, Montgomery county. He is sixty-three years old, and his wife fifty-two. In politics Mr. Hoffman is a Democrat. Milton G. and Mary (Schanley) Hoffman had nine children, one of whom is deceased. Ellen, married Joseph Bolgrove, and they live in Swamp; he is a teacher of music; they have no children. Agnes, married Samuel Koplin; they reside in Upper Pottsgrove township, he being engaged in the iron industry at Pottstown; they have three children. Annie, married John Hillegass; they live in Pottstown, where he is employed as a puddler; they have two children. Emma, married Joseph Nagle; they live in Douglass township, Berks county, where he is a hotel proprietor; they have two children, Emma, unmarried, and lives with her parents. Mable, unmarried and also lives with her parents. Warren, married Laura Yohn, and they live in Douglass township, Berks county; he is a boiler maker; they have no children. Irwin S.

Abraham Hoffman (grandfather) lived in Douglass township, Berks county, where he was a farmer and a justice of the peace. He was a very active Democrat, and held many offices. He married Esther Yerger. Abraham Hoffman died at the age of sixty-nine years, and his wife survived home some years, dying at the age of seventy-four years. They were both buried at Boyertown. In religious faith they were Lutherans.

Irwin S. Hoffman attended schools in the vicinity of his home until he had reached the age of fourteen years. He then began to assist his father in the management of the farm, taking an active interest in plowing and planting, cultivating, and gathering in farm crops. He has spent his entire life since that time in tilling the soil, except for a few years when he was engaged in learning the trade of a miller with his father. He occupied the farm in Upper Pottsgrove township on which he now lives, in the spring of 1901, and during his residence there has very much improved the surroundings, beautifying it in every possible way by the erection of new buildings and otherwise.

Mr. Hoffman married Clara, daughter of Harris and Sarah (Gummery) Boyer, residents of Douglass township, Berks county, where Mr. Boyer was engaged as a miller for more than thirty years. Mrs. Boyer died in 1880, her remains being interred at Boyertown. She was a member of the German Reformed church. Mr. Boyer married a second wife, having two children by the second marriage, and two by the first.

Mr. and Mrs. Irwin S. Hoffman were married November 10, 1892, in Boyertown. She is attached to the Reformed faith, and he is a member of the Lutheran denomination. In politics Mr. Hoffman is a Democrat, like all the Hoffmans for many generations. Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman have two children: Grant Oscar, and Guy Milton, both living at the home of their parents.

Henry Stanley (maternal grandfather) lived in New Hanover township, where he was a farmer. He and his wife were Lutherans. They died many years ago, and are buried in the New Hanover Lutheran churchyard.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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